Burglar’s getaway foiled when he hops in a police cruiser instead of the Lyft he ordered

Maziot had summoned a Lyft driver at some point between fleeing the Catherine Street home, which arrived at the same time as the officers and he …

The Rochelle Park Police were able to foil a burglary attempt in an unusual way on Thursday night after a homeless man who broke into a home mistook a police vehicle for a Lyft car he had ordered.

The department received a 9-1-1 call from the owners of Catherine Street home at 10:01 p.m., who said they awoke to the sound of someone trying to open their back porch door, police said in a news release.

The couple then investigated and found a man, later identified as 28-year-old Nicholas Maziot, inside the second floor of their home, officials said.

When he was spotted, Maziot fled out the window and jumped from the roof to the ground.

Police from Rochelle Park, Maywood and Paramus responded and spotted Maziot leaving the backyard of an Oldis Street home just one block away, authorities said.

Maziot had summoned a Lyft driver at some point between fleeing the Catherine Street home, which arrived at the same time as the officers and he mistakenly got into Maywood Officer Brian Rubio’s car, police said.

Police then arrested Maziot, who later told them that he thought that nobody was inside the home he entered.

Maziot was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, hindering apprehension and other offenses, according to a news release.

He was sent to the Bergen County Jail where he awaited his first court appearance.

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A burglary suspect’s plan didn’t go as intended when he ended up getting into the back of a police car instead of his Lyft while trying to escape.
ROCHELLE PARK, New Jersey (WABC) —

A burglary suspect’s plan didn’t go as intended when he ended up getting into the back of a police car instead of his Lyft while trying to escape.

Police were alerted to the burglary Thursday night just after 10 p.m. at a home on Catherine Street.


When the residents discovered the suspect on the second floor of their home, he tried to get away through the window and jumped from the roof.

The suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Nicholas Maziot, called a Lyft in an attempt to escape the area, but he apparently mistook a responding police car as his getaway vehicle instead.

Maziot was taken into custody and later confessed to detectives.


He has been charged with burglary, attempted theft, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief, trespassing and hindering apprehension.

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A homeless man accused of breaking into a Rochelle Park home Thursday night called a Lyft to escape but ended up with a different destination than the one he likely intended.

Nicholas Maziot, 28, mistook a Maywood officer’s car for his Lyft and got inside, leading to his arrest, according to Rochelle Park Detective Sgt. Jim DePetra.

A Catherine Street couple found Maziot in the second floor of their home at about 10 p.m., DePetra stated. Maziot then jumped out the window, to the roof and then down to the ground to escape, according to DePetra.

Officers from Rochelle Park, Maywood and Paramus came to the area around the time Maziot called the Lyft to pick him up, DePetra stated. Once he picked the wrong ride and was arrested, Maziot confessed to breaking into the Catherine Street home thinking no one was home, according to DePetra.

Maziot was charged with burglary, attempted theft, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief, trespassing and hindering apprehension. He remained in custody at Bergen County Jail Friday.

He was also charged with burglary and drug offenses in Ocean County last year, court records show.

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